I can't top that in words, so I'll show you in pictures:
Maritime forest coat lots and dunes around the island, protecting it from surges and storms:
Sand, brush, and Sun Blankets (wildflowers) occupy empty lots. I'm told past hurricanes have destroyed the buildings that once stood here.
But the vacant lots give the island an open feel. We stopped to take pictures several times, earning the attention of local law enforcement personnel. This happens more often than I care to admit. I just smile (for I'm fond of law enforcement personnel, and don't blame them for protecting their hometown) and show them the camera.
Topsail Beach is the home of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital, which I covered in a post of that name:
The blue tanks are temporary homes for sea turtles recovering from injury or illness. One of these days, I hope we'll get to witness a patient's release:
Topsail has a great beach, and it stretches for what has to be a couple of miles. Below is the pier-which we've managed to overlook on all our visits:Other beach scenes:
There should be a sign: Warning--Beaches are Patrolled at All Times!
Look closely along the horizon, you'll see the pier:
I took this shot for my blog banner:
This is the northern edge of the southern tip of Topsail Beach, where the pristine part begins:
The pier can barely be seen at this point. We're at least a mile away by now, if not further:
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